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On the Cover of the Rolling Stone– I mean — on the back pages of the Guardian Online.  I’m excited to be featured in the Guardian’s online Sustainable Blog of the Week this week.  I like the company I’m keeping and feel grateful for the new followers: Welcome!  And thank you to the editor Katherine Purvis for being really tolerant of my incapacities  sending photographs through e-mail, and for including me in her collection.

Katherine sent me a set of questions to answer, and this forms the basis of the interview.  She’s edited that, for reasons of space, but I like some of what I said and have included the longer version below if anyone is interested.

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I love prawns (or shrimp as they’re known in the US), but I don’t really eat them or cook with them.  This is mostly because I’ve been aware of how destructive they are to the tropical mangroves where “farms” are set up to raise them.  Mangroves are important ecologically to coasts and to oceans as nurseries for so much sea life and protection of inland eco-systems.

Recently the Guardian in particular has completed an important investigation of conditions of slavery in the Thai prawn industry and uncovered gruelling facts.

As a newspaper, they’ve been campaigning really strongly recently on the ethical issues facing shoppers and consumers who want to eat with their conscience.  The conclusion is pretty much one of moral horror as well as reliance on Marine Stewardship Council certification, which for better or for worse may be the best we’ve got at the moment.

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